Hello, everybody. This is Victor O Juliano, 61 years old. You may not probably know him inasmuch as you may not probably know me too. But let me first start of by telling you a story about heroes.
The dictionary would define a hero as a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Our mainstream media may always depict them as always strong and tough, even invincible. And it takes years for villains to find out their weaknesses.
There are many variations of a hero. The hero you see in the photo up there did not finish college but has made sure that ends meet for his families. And when there’s more, there was just the chance to share to many. He probably was lucky enough, too, to have been a trusted friend of many who endorsed him to stable jobs and helped him and his family to afford their own home in 1998 after many years of renting.
From 2004 until 2013, he worked away from the family only to come home in random days as a surprise. Because he just knew that heroes sometimes have to be away to provide better. And because he felt the want to also give small presents to his growing up grandchildren — to provide them a happy childhood that he only wished before for himself.
And even when he had to move to a job which ostensibly paid less, he still found ways to provide for his family and others.
But recently, the hero you see up there has found his weaknesses - Hypertensive Cardiovascular Disease and Coronary Artery Disease. The hero needed a Coronary Artery Bypas Surgery.
Early September, one of his sons had a text message for him:“Pa, how are you? Mama told me that you sought the doctor early in the morning. Please take care of yourself if you still want to ride the motorbike and go around places. It was only recently that I have settled down and I would still want to have my next years together with you and do more. I love you.”
Two weeks passed, he had to be admitted to the Philippine Heart Center. I wanted to say I wished we were selfish and did not share and spent money wisely so we could have prepared for it but who would actually know when the hero will fall sick. We thought he was invincible, he also thought he was.
Last September 24, the hero tolerated the bypass surgery well.
However there was just almost nothing left anymore from the little that had been saved to settle the cost that saved the hero.
So this post hopes to do just that. To knock on your kind hearts and be a hero to somebody who has already saved us many times and could possibly save many more. Any amount will do and would be appreciated with a big heart which can probably never be as big as that man’s.
Thank you very much.